TAURANGA'S BIGGEST FOOD SHOW IS BACK!
Your culinary adventure starts here
The Seriously Good Food Show returned to Trustpower Arena Baypark on the 29th & 30th of June 2019. With over 150 exhibitors, food trucks, music and live cooking demonstrations, event organisers Bay Events say this was the biggest and tastiest edition of the show yet.
2019 marked the seventh annual Seriously Good Food Show. “We saw the need in the region for a way to showcase food products from around New Zealand,” says Dana McCurdy, Managing Director at Bay Events. “It’s evolved over the years to become this huge action-packed foodie celebration.”
A huge range of exhibitors created a tasty experience for show visitors with food and wine samples, exclusive show discounts and new product launches. Buyers met suppliers face-to-face and learned more about what they’re eating, where it comes from and how it’s made. “The story behind the products we’re buying are more important than ever for modern consumers,” says Dana. “Buyers like to look the producer in the eye and know where their food comes from.
Many exhibitors had never been seen before in Tauranga, while others are community favourites. “We love to support small Mum-and-Dad businesses and artisan producers.”
The Live Cooking Theatre was a dynamic focal point of the 2019 show, featuring Funny Food Sessions that combined culinary and comedy. The Topp Twins made an appearance each day - on Saturday as The Kens, and Sunday as Camp Mother and Camp Leader. Improv comedy demonstrations featuring comedian Ben Hurley and Chef Peter Blakeway ran throughout the weekend. “We called it the Cookalong,” says Dana. “It was great to see how Ben kept up cooking along with a professional Chef! We wanted to do something totally different from the straightforward demos we see at food shows around the country and create a fun atmosphere.”
The Landing Food Truck Hub returned after its inaugural appearance in 2018, with gourmet food trucks and an adults-only bar. “We bring in food trucks that create amazing meals to fit the epicurean theme of the show,” says Dana. “You won’t find hot dogs on sticks in The Landing.” Live music sessions ran in the Landing each day, featuring crowd favourite Camila Lenhart who was joined by Alice Sea on Saturday and the talented Matty Buxton on Sunday.
“The aromas, texture and moreishness of food can never be experienced through online buying or supermarket packaging the way it is at a show,” says Dana. “It’s hands-on and interactive, you always find new favourites you’ve never seen before and find some fantastic deals.”
Also including activities for children and tasty door prizes, these two vibrant days of gourmet fun are back in 2020 on the 27th and 28th of June. Doors are open from 10am to 5pm each day with tickets available at the door - $15 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under.